I’ve been stressing out over life in Korea. The latest topic: cellphone. I could buy a new phone in Korea, but that’s super expensive. I have no idea if I’m staying for longer than a year, so it wouldn’t make sense to commit to a 2-year contract just for a cheap phone. I have a perfectly good Galaxy, so why not use it? Since Korea and the US use different frequencies, I have to get my phone unlocked in order to use it.
I thought the process might be difficult, but it was really a walk in the park.
- Go to [Sprint’s Legal/Regulatory & Consumer Service] page to see if your phone qualifies for getting unlocked.
- Contact a Sprint Customer Service representative by [livechat] or phone (888-226-7212). Select “SIM unlock” under the “Request” tab if you are using the livechat. (This is the method I used.) They will ask for your phone number and PIN or security answer.
- The CSR should check your phone’s status to make sure it is eligible to unlock. After you give him/her the go ahead, your phone will restart.
- On my Galaxy S4, I went to Settings > More > System Update > UICC Unlock
- Voila! My phone is now ready to receive a foreign SIM card.
The whole process took less than 5 minutes. Let’s hope I don’t forget to have my mom cancel my phone plan once I get to Korea!